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8th May
Basic Instinct

Directed by

Paul Verhoeven


George Dzundza
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Denis Arndt
Leilani Sarelle
Bruce A. Young
Chelcie Ross
Dorothy Malone
Wayne Knight
Daniel von Bargen
Stephen Tobolowsky
Benjamin Mouton
Jack McGee
Bill Cable
Stephen Rowe
Mitch Pileggi
Mary Pat Gleason
Freda Foh Shen
William Duff-Griffin
James Rebhorn
David Wells
Bradford English
Mary Ann Rodgers
Adilah Barnes
Irene Olga López
Juanita Jennings
Craig C. Lewis
Michael David Lally
Peter Appel
Michael Halton
Keith McDaniel
Eric Poppick
Ron Cacas
Kayla Blake
Ken Liebenson
Lindy Rasmusson
Byron Berline
Eddie Dunbar
Tod McKibbin
Julie Bond
Jeanne Basone
Doreen Foo Croft
Christa Connor
Patricia Anne Isgate-Hayward
Dave LaBrucherie
Anne Lockhart
Andy Rolfes
Bob Sallese
Theodore Carl Soderberg
Damon Stout

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UK BBFC Certificate: 18

Popular in: United Kingdom and Mexico

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Highest chart position: 1

Weeks on box office: 12

UK Box Office Chart History
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1st June 2017

Last Friday saw the release of the fifth in the long running Pirates of The Caribbean series, and after some high grossing debuts number 5 comes in with a lower gross and less fan fare.

The film still managed a number one debut with its £5 million weekend gross but its the lowest opening weekend sing the original film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl.

The series is clearly loosing steam and after 5 films of questionable quality the tiring series needs to retire, going from an over £10 million debut of On Stranger Tides to £5 million for the latest is a warning sign to Disney.

Falling hard from number 1 this week, and fast becoming the flop of the summer is King Arthur Legend of The Sword which this week sits at number 5.

A second weekend take of just under £600 thousand is a massive 75% drop from last week, the total after 2 weeks is nearly £4 million.

Also new this week is Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at number 2, the series of films is a favourite with children and takes nearly £1.5 million on its debut.

The Red Turtle also makes its debut at number 9 with £91,000 on its opening weekend of release, although it is on a limited run.

Highest total grossing film and longest run on the box office is Beauty and The Beast, and incredible 11 week run has the film grossing just over £71 million pound.

Historical charts

A year ago
Xmen Apocalypse stayed at the top for a second weekend while Alice Through The Looking Glass was the top new film at number 2.

Five years ago
Men In Black 3 took over at the top on its debut weekend knocking The Dictator to number 2 after a week at the top.

Ten years ago
Pirates of The Caribbean: At Worlds End was the new film at the top of the box office, it knocked Spider-Man 3 to number 2.

Fifteen years ago
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones remained at the top for a second weekend while the top new film was Not Another Teen Movie at number 3.

Twenty years ago
Liar Liar spent its 4th weekend at the top while the top new film was Beavis and Butthead do America at number 2.

Twenty five years ago
Waynes World moved up to number one after its number 2 debut, in a switch around Basic Instinct fell from the top to number 2.

18th May 2017

This weekend with the release of the highly anticipated Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant we were always going to see a new film at the top, and Guardians gets push off by the Alien movie.

Despite the mediocre reviews the films launch has it enter the top with a weekend gross of &5.1 million, compared to its predecessor Prometheus this is a million lower.

Falling from the top is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 after a couple of weeks at the top, a £3,2 million weekend brings the films total to £33 million after 3 weeks of play.

Studios were a bit nervous to release new films against the Alien movie but Miss Sloan starring hot property Jessica Chastain entered the chart at 8 with just over £190,000.

Also new was the Cinema event feature Der Rosenkavalier: Met Opera 2017 which took a little over £313,000 and is at 6.

Beaty and The Beast is the longest running film on the box office with 9 weeks of release and has taken an amazing £71 million, its the 8th top grossing film ever in the UK.

Historical Charts

A year ago
Captain America Civil War remained at the top for a third week despite heavy competition from The Angry Birds Movie which entered at number 2.

Five years ago
Making it three weeks at the top was Avengers Assemble while Dark Shadows entered highest at number 3.

Ten years ago
Spider-Man 3 stayed at the top for a second weekend while 28 Weeks Later entered highest at number 2.

Fifteen years ago
About a Boy was the top film of the week for a third time while Dog Soldiers was the top new film at 3.

Twenty years ago
Staying at the top was Liar Liar while the top new film was at number 4 int the shape of Anaconda.

Twenty five years ago
Basic Instinct entered the chart at the top under a blanket of controversy while The Hand That Rocks The Cradle fell to number 2 on its 4th week of release.